Sparrow, possibly one of the most popular email clients for Mac made its way to iPhone recently, and has received its first software update already. The minimal, twitter-esque app now has an inbuilt browser for opening web links and the option for sending and archiving simultaneously. One key features is still missing: push.
Currently, to receive any new emails, you have to open the app and refresh manually. It’s a huge omission, but it seems that Apple is what’s getting in the way. The designers clearly intended to have a push service so that any new emails would arrive instantly, Cupertino rejected it. According to the latest entry in its blog, Sparrow confirms that will change:
“Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a first version of Sparrow 1.2 including it. This might delay Sparrow 1.2 validation but we’re already working with some partners to include Push in future versions of Sparrow without needing Apple clearance. Push is coming. With or without Apple.”
So, either Apple changes its position on the company’s API, or the software makers will find a new way to deliver push email. Either way, it’s a win win situation for us, the end users.